A loan of $900 helped to buy a freezer and foodstuffs.

Luisa Patricia's story

The Aníbal San Andrés communal bank meets every two weeks in Montecristi canton, a place famous for its Panama hats and for being the birthplace of Eloy Alfaro, the “Old Warrior.”

Luisa, 33, is married and from this union blessed by God were born three children who are 15, 11 and 9 years of age. The oldest is in secondary school and the two youngest are in elementary school. Her husband is a laborer.

She has had a grocery store for the last 11 years where she has had some difficult times but that she has managed to overcome. Currently, the business has improved thanks in part to the loans she has received with which she has been stocking and equipping the store. She tells us that now she has almost everything. She is open for business daily from 6am until 8pm. She takes delivery of her products at the store.

She wants to use this loan to buy more products for the store and a freezer to store meats, fish and other products that need to be stored frozen.

She has been in the communal bank since its beginning and likes it because of the ease of repayments and for the help received.

Her dream is to have a more elegant minimarket.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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